Sensory profile: Clean and round
Aroma: Lime, tangerine
Taste & Body: Well balanced acidity, good sweetness and medium body
Notes: Light caramel, candy agrums, cotton candy
We want to tell you the story of this Specialty Coffee from Colombia, Finca El Corozal, Lavato.
Let's start here:
The Huila Mágico competition is the competition that our importer organized in Pitalito, in the south of Huila, Colombia. Pitalito: a region with a kaleidoscopic range of stories and profiles on coffee to find.
Life as a small coffee farmer is an ongoing challenge, especially if you want to produce better batches.
However, when it comes to dealing with external factors like Covid-19, no one is fully prepared.
The Huila Mágico competition was organized precisely for this purpose. To reward farmers' efforts in the face of the pandemic and, of course, the possibility of finding the highest quality coffee from this region.
The idea of organizing a competition for the best coffees dates back a long time, but the idea was finally realized in collaboration with the local partner The Bean Project.
To fully understand how this competition was organized, we need to go back to early 2020, when Colombia was in the middle of the harvest season and was also completely blocked, which means that travel was not allowed in the country. During the harvest, coffee growers normally hire additional workers to help harvest the cherries, most of the seasonal workers are migrating from other cities and states to work. However, the national blockade prevented seasonal pickers from traveling to Huila's coffee plantations.
“We always wanted to organize a contest for the best lots, but until then we felt that the market was saturated, due to the numerous local/regional competitions that pop up” - Stephen Levene of The Coffee Quest Colombia
It was time! Farmers needed extra motivation and deserved to be rewarded for their extra effort, especially during these tough times!
"We decided to take the opposite approach and reward producers for being able to produce excellent coffee in the face of a pandemic. And if you are able to do it, that's a nice result! ”- says Stephen.
Ten names, ten stories, ten cup profiles, but all around one aspect: high quality. Although some of the winners were new to the world of specialty coffee, they all have their own unique history and background, their own unique Farm, and their own unique path to specialty coffee. Their efforts are remarkable!
# 01 - Robinson Rozo, Finca El Vergel
# 02 - Roberto Achicue, Finca El Caucho
# 03 - Ernedis Rodriguez, Finca El Paraiso
# 04 - Wilson Ordoñez, Finca La Aldea
# 05 - Erik Bravo, Finca El Chaperote
# 06 - Campo Elias, Finca El Jigual
# 07 - Fernando Tulio Lopez, Finca La Muralla
# 08 - Delfin Carvajal, Finca El Corozal
# 09 - Jairo Torres, Finca El Mirador
# 10 - Jose Hoyos, Finca Monte Bello and Luis Romero, Finca La Esmeralda
Then we tasted most of the top 10 and were finally thrilled with Finca El Corozal's Pink Bourbon and Finca El Vergel's Geisha.